Meadville Tribune

Entertainment

July 4, 2013

What gives fireworks their colors?

What makes one firework glow red and another blue? Different combinations of chemicals are incorporated to give Fourth of July fireworks their brilliant colors

Fireworks

What exactly gives fireworks their colors? According to Nathaniel Finney, senior lecturer in North Carolina State’s Department of Chemistry, fireworks get their brilliant colors from different metal salts heated to high temperatures.

Red

Lithium and strontium salts emit red light.

Yellow

Sodium salts are used to create yellow light.

Orange

Calcium salts are used for orange light.

Blue

Copper salts, despite the name, emit blue, not copper, light.

Green

Barium salts glow with a green light.

Text Only
Entertainment
Business Marquee
AP Video
Raw: Obama Tours Gyeongbok Palace Swimmer Michael Phelps Back in Competition Raw: Obama Lays Korean War Memorial Wreath Obama Leads Naturalization Ceremony in Seoul Calif. School Bus Crash Hurts Driver, 11 Kids Country Club for Exotic Cars Little Science Behind 'Pollen Vortex' Prediction US Proposes Pay-for-priority Internet Standards Wife Mourns Chicago Doctor Killed in Afghanistan FDA Proposes Regulations on E-cigarettes Kerry Warns Russia of Expensive New Sanctions Mideast Peace Talks Stall on Hamas Deal Cody Walker Remembers His Late Brother Paul Grieving South Korea Puts Up Yellow Ribbons Raw: Kerry Brings His Dog to Work Raw: Girls Survive Car Crash Into Their Bedroom Three U.S. Doctors Killed by Afghan Security Yankees' Pineda Suspended 10 Games for Pine Tar Colleagues Mourn Death of Doctors in Afghanistan Ukraine Launches Operation Against Insurgents
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks